For one, all Tiger fans have been teased and burned by Jeremy Bonderman too many times. He is no longer the wunderkid, and not of wonder for his intelligence mind you; I think, and have thunk since early 2007, that his arm is mush. What do you expect from a guy who threw over 900 innings by the time he was 25. Bondo will always have a place in my heart, along with the gambler, Kenny Rogers, for their performance in the playoffs against the Yankees in 2006. But until he gets some real meaningful innings under his belt, please don’t tease me Jason Beck.
Joel Zumaya. I can speak form experience here, because 8 years ago, I had a very similar surgery as Joel had on his shoulder last year. Not that the quality of surgeries or rehab or desire or athleticism or most anything else can really be compared, it is just I fell his pain, literally. As hard as he throws, often not a pitch under 100 mph in appearances in the past, I have a hard time believing he will ever be the Zumaya of old. Not that a slightly toned down Zumaya isn’t bad, it just isn’t the same as hitting 104 on you first pitch of the 2006 ALCS, and I am sorry Joel, while you may have a future as a Guitar Hero, I am not sure it will ever be as the most intimidating pitcher in baseball.
And for you Jason Beck, please tone down your early spring rhetoric about these two, because nobody likes a tease.